Let’s Make Cincinnati a Better Place to Live

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Thank you to all those who helped overwhelmingly defeat Issue Nine by 56% to 44%. For the first time in 36 years, the City of Cincinnati has won a transit election.  The message from voters was clear—we want passenger rail in Cincinnati.  Light rail, streetcars, and high speed rail to Chicago and Cleveland will create new jobs and economic development in our City.  These projects will put people back to work and create new activity in our urban core.

Voters also showed their support for Cincinnati Streetcar by re-electing Mayor Mallory, who made the streetcar one of the centerpieces of his campaign.  Every Council Member who voted for the Cincinnati Streetcar was re-elected to council and Laurie Quinlivan, the candidate who during the campaign was the strongest streetcar support among the non-incumbents [you can see her excellent video here] was elected as well. The top vote-getters on City Council, Qualls, Thomas, Bortz, and Berding, have all been vocal streetcar supporters.

In between the Stadiums, The Banks and the new Central Riverfront Park are under construction, a new casino will be built on Broadway Commons, and the areas around Fountain Square and the Aronoff are filled with restaurants new entertainment options.   The Cincinnati Streetcar will connect these destinations along with the Cincinnati Zoo, the University of Cincinnati and our region’s two largest job centers.

The Cincinnati Streetcar is a good investment because it will create new jobs, support the investments the City has made and will continue to make in the urban core, connect our major attractions and the two largest employment centers that contain over half of the jobs in the entire City, stimulate new economic activity along the route, and enhance and accelerate existing development that is occurring in the center city—resulting in more revenues for all of Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods.

Let’s improve Cincinnati’s transportation options with light rail, streetcars, and high speed rail.  Let’s create new jobs and economic activity in our city.  Let’s grow our population and make Cincinnati a city people want to choose.  Let’s Make Cincinnati a Better Place to Live—Let’s Build the Streetcar.


8 thoughts on “Let’s Make Cincinnati a Better Place to Live

    5chw4r7z said:
    November 4, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    they wanted us to have the right to vote on it.
    And vote we did.

      CincyStreetcar said:
      November 5, 2009 at 10:13 am

      The City has been informed and provided with a variety of replacement images to chose from.

    citykin said:
    November 4, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    As an ordinary Cincinnati citizen, I want to thank you Brad, and all the others who fought for this. Please take a well-earned break. And after your rest, lets get this thing built!

    Joanne Maly said:
    November 4, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    -Sending applause to all the many people behind-the-scenes and in-front-of-the-scenes who made the time and had the courage and vision to make many statements yesterday for a positive direction for the future of Cincinnati.

    There is a lot of creative, positive, unified energy in our city right now.


    DillyCafe said:
    November 4, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Congratulations Cincinnati! While a major victory, yesterday’s vote will NOT be seen as an overwhelming mandate by the anti-streetcar forces. More work is yet to be done, as evidenced by this mornings article in the Enquirer and Smitherman’s almost instant threat of further petitions and/or legal action. Take a well-deserved celebratory break and let’s get this thing built! It’s not over until we take our first ride!

    John Schneider said:
    November 4, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    When all the shooting’s over, people will agree that it was Brad’s efforts, along with others, that won this argument overwhelmingly in cyberspace.

    At they end, they had no ideas.

    Brad, Cincinnati owes you one!

    John said:
    November 4, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Why does the city’s web site show a ridiculous trolley in what looks like Lego-land on this page?


    When all of the other pages depict modern streetcars.

    Really! Lego-land!

    Anyway, I was so relieved to see Issue 9 defeated. Onward and upward.

    5chw4r7z said:
    November 5, 2009 at 10:12 am

    This is what I did John, everyone should go here
    And ask them to update the picture.

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